Synthesis, Processing  and Properties of Metal Oxide Nanopowders


The objective of this course is to introduce the attendee to the potential offered by metal oxide nanopowder materials with emphasis on mixed-metal oxides. We will answer the questions: (1) Why are nanopowders potentially better for processing than micron-sized powders; (2) Under what conditions will they offer very different properties from micron-sized powders; (3) How can they be processed to form coatings, monolithic materials, or composites, or used as catalysts and (4) What novel applications are possible with nanopowders.

How You Will Benefit from This Course:

You will learn what physical properties advantages do nanopowders offer.
You will learn what electronic and photonic properties advantages do nanopowders offer.
You will learn what capital and eqiupment cost advantages do nanopowders offer.
You will learn how can nanopowders be formed into shapes or used as coatings for specific applications
You will learn what problems are entailed in handling nanopowders.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the potential for using nanopowders, how to use them and what advantages can be gained in their use.  It is highly recommended for chemists, ceramists, chemical engineers, catalyst engineers, and coatings specialists, and their supervisors.

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Synthesis, Processing  and Properties of Metal Oxide Nanopowders

Topics Covered:

What defines nanomaterials

How do properties differ from micron sized powders

Kinetic products
Thermodynamic products

Overview of various methods of manufacturing nanopowders

Processing methods
Cost issues

Materials access issues

Access to single and mixed-metal oxides

Typical contaminants

How nanopowders can reduce/improve

Processing costs
Quality control
Pollution emissions

Powder Processing in liquids

Adding powders to liquids
Issues with dispersing powders

Issues with coating

Dry powder and polymer/powder processing 

Case studies for:

Photonic materials
Electronic materials

Structural materials



Materials applications


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Professor Richard M. Laine is currently a full Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Center at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Laine received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1973.  Following three years of postdoctoral study , Dr. Laine worked at SRI International for 11 years, last as Associate Director of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry Programs.  He  became Full Research Professor in the Dept. of MSE at the University of Washington and Director of the Polymeric Materials Laboratory in the Washington Technology Center. Dr. Laine joined the University of Michigan in 1990  and was promoted to Full Professor in 1999.

Major research areas for the Laine group include the synthesis and processing of inorganic and organometallic hybrid polymers and nanooxide powders.  Research in the nanooxide powder area emphasizes the direct synthesis of single and mixed-metal oxide nanopowders by flame spray pyrolysis of mixed-metal alkoxides. The resulting powders are characterized for their catalytic (energy conversion in particular) and photonic applications. The effects of processing conditions on the catalytic, photonic and in some instances, mechanical properties are of primary interest.

The Laine group has over 210 published papers, 35 patents and 11 books edited on various aspects of mixed-metal oxide nanopowders and organic/inorganic hybrid materials.

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